The Lakeland representatives who will forever comprise the college’s first Psi Chi class are: Megan Gomez, Emily Huberty, Rachel Leverenz, Danielle Livingston, Ariel Lochman, Ashley Monticello, Grace Vos and Sarah Willihnganz.
Willihnganz is the organization’s first president; Livingston is vice president and Lochman is secretary.
“This is a historic occasion for Lakeland,” said Anthony Liguori, Lakeland associate professor of psychology, Psi Chi chapter advisor and long-time member of the organization. “These eight women are among the best and brightest individuals in our psychology program, and they will carry this elite membership for the rest of their lives. I look forward to honoring the high academic achievers in psychology at Lakeland and increasing our membership on an annual basis.”
According to Liguori, Psi Chi began as a national psychology fraternity in 1929, but it is now the recognized international honor society for psychology. It exists to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of psychology and to advance the science of psychology. To be eligible, students must have a cumulative grade point average in the top 35 percent of their class, have at least three semesters completed at Lakeland with at least three psychology courses and a 3.0 GPA across those psychology courses.
Assisting with the official launching of the Lakeland chapter and the pinning of the inductees were Elizabeth Stroot, professor of psychology, and Jessica Kalmar, assistant professor of psychology. Both are in the process of obtaining their individual memberships into Psi Chi.
Learn more about this prestigious organization at www.psichi.org.